There’s something about a show that gets everyone excited, whether it’s a live concert, a festival or just a tradition. I guess it’s all about people coming together to celebrate, no matter the reason. So, we’ve come up with this list of festivals worth the time which should not be missed. You absolutely must experience them in your lifetime!
15. Holi (Festival of Colours), Hindu World
Holi is an ancient Hindu festival, where people celebrate the triumph of good over evil; there’s no better reason to rejoice, right? Celebrations begin with the lighting of a bonfire on Holi Eve, after which colored powder is thrown into the air, absolutely everywhere, in an effort to spread cheer and share joy with everyone across all social groups.Beautiful!
14. Winter Light Festival, Kuwana City, Japan
With over 7 million LED lights, the Nabana No Sato botanical garden celebrates winter in a unique and elegant style. Most of the park gets powered by batteries charged with solar panels – so, it’s also eco-friendly – but you’ll quickly forget al labout that, as you will be mesmerized by the incredible light show in front of your eyes
13. Up Helly Aa Fire Festival, Shetland, Scotland
Up Helly Aa is a fire festival which marks the end of the yule season. Aside from that, spectators get the chance to travel back in time, even if for a few hours. In Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands, thousands of people march through the streets in themed costumes, according to those times. The procession ends with torches being thrown into a replica Viking long-ship, similar to that of a Viking funeral.
12. Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, USA
This is the largest balloon festival in the world, where more than 750 hot air balloons assemble for nine days of festivities each year. Everything started back in 1972, when 13 balloons assembled as a birthday celebration for 770 KOB Radio. So, if you don’t dare ride in one of those balloons, you will get a sore neck from all the picture taking.
11. Lantern Festivals, Asia
This one is pretty famous, all over the world. The Lantern Festival has been celebrated since ancient times, on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar calendar. Those of Chinese and Vietnamese origin descend on temples, with thousands of beautiful lanterns which fly away in a magnificent spectacle. This symbolizes letting go of your past self. Can you do it?
10. Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun), Peru
During the days of the Inca Empire, the Festival of the Sun was the most important time of the year. The ceremony was meant to pay respects to Inti, the Sun God. Since 1944, Peru has hosted a theatrical representation of the procession every June, in honur of the ancient Inca people, attracting thousands of participants which enjoy the the ceremony and learn a few things about the ancient civilization.
9. Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan
If you love playing in the snow, you’re gonna love this one. Every February hundreds of monolithic sculptures are visited by millions of people during a 7 day snow festival. It all began in 1950, when six high school students built six snow statues in Odori Park. In 1955, a local army force joined in on the fun and created the first massive snow sculptures.That escalated quickly – not really, but these epic snow sculptures are incredibly beautiful.
8. Elephant Festival, Jaipur, India
After meeting and enjoying an elephant up close, I can honestly tell you a gathering of them would be simply awesome. Elephants are an important part of Indian culture and in March, they are celebrated in their own festival. A procession of elephants decorated with magnificent costumes and beautiful jewelry play polo, race and even compete in a tug-of-war. Wow!
7. Day of the Dead, Mexico
More interesting than Halloween, Day of the Dead or “Dia De Los Muertos” is a Mexican holiday where people get together to pray for and remember friends and family members who are not with us any more. The holiday is actually based on an Aztec festival, and the celebration includes intriguing costumes and traditional foods.
6. White Nights Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia
This one I wasn’t aware of. White Nights is an international arts festival held during the arctic season, when the sun is still visible at midnight. Also part of the event is the Scarlet Sails: a ship with red sails sets off along the Neva River, accompanied by fireworks, entertainers, and millions of people watching. The tradition began after World War II, when students united to celebrate the end of the school year, but now it’s all about freedom.
5. International Sand Sculpture Festival, Portugal
The only thing sand is good for is to point towards the sea; or, that’s what I think about that. But the largest sand sculpture event in the world proves that talented people can do a whole lot more with sand. This festival stretches across 15,000 square feet of beach where, each year, 60 artists use more than 35,000 tons of sand to create 50 amazing works of art. Check that out!
4. Rainforest World Music Festival, Kuching, Borneo
I’m not sure I agree with this festival, as it is held in the middle of a tropical rainforest. Thousands of people get together to celebrate world music, although I think this wasn’t the proper place to do so.. Every year, dozens of bands from around the world allow participants and tourists to enjoy every kind of music you could ever imagine.
3. Garma Festival, Australia
Garma Festival is a celebration held by the Yolngu people, native Australians. The festival is meant to encourage the practice, preservation and maintenance of traditional dance, songs, art and ceremony. Furthermore, it is a superb way for people to gain more knowledge about the culture of the Yolngu.
2. Electric Forest Music Festival, Rothbury, Michigan
The Electric Forest Festival is a four day music event, focusing on electronic music and jam bands. Hosted in June, the festival features spectacular light shows which allow for a surreal wilderness experience. The good news is that part of the revenue is donated to a nearby township of a few thousand people.
1. Glastonbury, England
Since 1970, the Glastonbury Festival has been one of the biggest and best music festivals in the world. There are some similar events out there, but this one is top of the list every year. In 2013, 135,000 people attended and enjoyed music from the Arctic Monkeys and Rolling Stones, as well as dance, comedy, theater and circus performances. Rock on!